Because Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment, it allows volunteers to celebrate the holiday season in their host countries and participate in new traditions and customs, while also sharing their own. From now until January, we will highlight stories from Peace Corps volunteers who share their experiences spending the holidays overseas
This year will be Adriane Kline’s last chance to celebrate the holiday traditions of Fiji, where she serves as a youth development volunteer and is in her second year of service. Below Kline, a native of Beulah, Mich., describes how she plans to celebrate the holidays in Fiji and the hardest part of this particular festive season.
“This holiday season will be different from last year because I will be spending Christmas and New Year’s without the company of other Peace Corps volunteers. I will be in my village the entire time. Last year, during the holiday season I was surrounded by other volunteers. I spent Christmas in my language teacher’s village with four other volunteers on an outer island. Our celebration was full of drinking kava, eating fish, catching crabs and relaxing in the shade. This year I am looking forward to being immersed in Fijian holiday celebrations. It will be great to stay on my island and with the families that have adopted me here.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Holidays: Fiji”